NT Planning Scheme 2007
Changes to planning laws
On 31 July 2020, planning laws changed in the Northern Territory (NT). Read about these changes.
The NT Planning Scheme 2020 also came into force on 31 July 2020. It replaces the 2007 scheme. Read the current planning scheme.
The NT Planning Scheme 2007 was the previous planning scheme for the Territory.
The documents in this section represent the NT Planning Scheme 2007 as in force on 30 July 2020.
To understand how the scheme changed since its introduction on 1 February 2007, read the amendments to the NT Planning Scheme 2007.
For planning controls before 1 February 2007, you can contact a planner.
Read the NT Planning Scheme 2007
NT Planning Scheme 2007 - This is a large document and will take a while to download. Individual sections, linked below, will download much quicker.
The scheme needs to be read alongside referenced documents such as land use policies, guidelines and zoning maps.
Individual scheme sections
Instead of downloading the full NT Planning Scheme, you can get individual sections below:
Part 1 - including application of the planning schemes, exceptions and definitions
Part 2 - planning principles and framework
Part 3 - zones and zone purpose
Part 4 - performance criteria for general, residential, commercial, industrial and non-urban use and development
Part 5 - subdivision
Part 6 - Aboriginal communities and towns
Part 7 - transport and infrastructure
Part 8 - area plans
Schedule 1: schedule to clause 2.4 specific uses - specific use zones and the associated special provisions
Schedule 2: schedule to clause 2.7 reference to policy - policies that the consent authority must take into account when making a decision on an application.
Schedule 3: schedule to clause 2.8 reference to guidelines - guidelines that all applicants must consider and that the consent authority must take into account when making a decision
Schedule 4: schedule to clause 12.1 Aboriginal community living areas - parcels of land which are Aboriginal community living areas by law
Schedule 5: schedule to clause 12.2 towns on Aboriginal land - parcels of land identified as towns on Aboriginal land for which specific use rights apply
Schedule 6: schedule to clause 1.3 sub-clause 2(l) exceptions - parcels of land exempt from normal NT Planning Scheme requirements due to the continued use of a community or government facility established prior to 1 February 2007
Background material - background material used in the development of the NT Planning Scheme
Zoning matrix - an overview of the uses allowed in each zone
Amendments to the NT Planning Scheme 2007
Read the list of amendments to the NT Planning Scheme 2007.
Read the list of policies and guidelines referenced in the NT Planning Scheme 2007.
The following are policies listed under schedule 2: schedule to clause 2.7 of the Northern Territory (NT) Planning Scheme 2007.
All of the NT
Coomalie and Finniss
Litchfield subregional land use plan - electronic version - high quality maps with detailed layers
Durack Master Plan
These documents are referred to in the Northern Territory Planning Scheme section on Palmerston (SP8).
The following are guidelines listed under schedule 3: schedule to clause 2.8 of the Northern Territory Planning Scheme 2007.
The following are background materials listed in the Northern Territory Planning Scheme 2007.
Central Darwin area plan
Darwin city master plan
For information about the Darwin city centre master plan, go to the City of Darwin website.
Darwin inner suburbs
Durack master plan supporting documents
Katherine east area plan
Superseded control plans (town plans)
Aboriginal community living area control plans - listed at schedule 4 of the Northern Territory Planning Scheme
Superseded land use objectives, guidelines and concept plans
For more information about the background material listed on this page, contact Lands Planning.
Last updated: 18 August 2020
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